How to keep motivated to reach your personal goals
We all have targets we want to achieve in life. Whether you want to run the London Marathon, climb Mont Blanc, or even just lose a couple of pounds before Christmas, staying motivated can be tough, particularly if you are trying to change years of old habits.
The key to keeping focused is not in how hard you try, or how much willpower you have; it’s to do with setting the right target in the first place. It’s about setting a SMART target. So, follow our simple steps to set a goal that’s specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-dependent, and staying motivated will seem easier than ever.
Making your target specific is really important; saying you want to get a better job simply isn’t very exact or concrete. Instead, make a target that you want to take your accounting exams before the end of next year. This is a target that gives you something tangible to aim for, and would be a good stepping-stone to getting a promotion, or improving your CV so you have more power in the jobs market. It’s much easier to stay motivated if you know exactly what you’re aiming for.
A target needs to be measurable, so you can track how much progress you are making. If you want to do an evening class, make a list of everything you want out of it before you start, and then you can tick things off as you go. If yoy plan to lose weight, get into the habit of weighing yourself every week and making a note of it. By doing this, you are following your progress, and this will help to keep you focused on what you want to achieve.
If you’ve never jogged round the local park, it’s unlikely that you will be able to run round the United States straightaway. So, build up to it slowly by setting yourself goals that are attainable for yourself. That doesn’t mean you can’t dream big in the long run, but giving yourself aims that are achievable will help you to stay motivated in the here and now.
This is possibly the most important factor; it has to be something that’s really relevant and important to you. Maybe you know you should stop smoking, but you don’t really want to. If that’s the case, you will probably not get very far. So, make it relevant to you. Decide that you want to stop smoking so you will definitely be around to see your children graduate and get married. All of a sudden, your goal has relevance, and all of a sudden, you have a reason to stay committed.
Last, but not least, make a target that has to be done by a certain time. Tell yourself that this needs to be done by the end of the week, or the end of the month, or February next year. If your target has a finish time, it means you will either get it done by that point, or you have a concrete time to reassess things and set yourself a new target. Either way, having an endpoint will help you to stay motivated when tackling your goals.
With these simple steps, you can stay dedicated and motivated to achieve your targets, and whatever you are doing, the team at Hallmark Hotels wishes you all the best in reaching your goals.